A TOURING photo exhibition that shows off the beauty of the Montgomery Canal has opened at Welshpool Library .
Taking place until December 17 the exhibition brings together photos taken by members of the local community with a great selection of pictures showing the canal being widely used for a range of leisure and recreational activities.
The photos also show amazing local views of the ‘Monty’ and a narrowboat being built and decorated by young people. There is also an area dedicated to restoration of the canal with the focus this year being on the winding hole, a turning point for narrowboats, at Crickheath.
Cared for by the charity, Glandŵr Cymru, the Canal & River Trust in Wales, the canal is currently being restored by local volunteers as part of a £4 million Montgomery Canal restoration project being funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Known for its outstanding natural beauty, wildlife and heritage, the Montgomery Canal runs for 35 miles through England and Wales. Currently around half of the canal is navigable but work is underway to bring further stretches back into use.
Sylvia Edwards, Montgomery Canal community development officer at the Canal & River Trust, said: “The Montgomery Canal is such a lovely waterway and is a must visit for anyone in the local area. This exhibition really showcases the beauty of the canal and highlights all the work the volunteers have done so far in restoring this wonderful waterway.
“Research shows that being next to water makes you feel happier and heathier so, after your visit to the exhibition, why not come and see first-hand our restoration work, chat to our volunteers and find out more about this restoration project.”
The exhibition is at Welshpool Library, Brook Street, Welshpool, SY21 7PH. The Library is open:
Mon 9:30am – 6:30pm
Tue 9:30am – 5pm
Wed 9:30am – 1pm
Fri 9:30am – 4:30pm
Sat 9:30am – 1pm
The library is closed on Thursday and Sunday.
For those who haven’t seen “Life on the Monty”, a short film that celebrates the wildlife, people and heritage of the Montgomery Canal, go to https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/montgomery, where you will get a chance to see a young Prince of Wales re-opening the lock in Welshpool in the 1970s.
If you would like to support the wider restoration effort of the Montgomery canal, go to www.restorethemontgomerycanal.uk/
For more information on the work of Glandŵr Cymru, the Canal & River Trust in Wales, including how you can volunteer and donate money to support our work visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk